Monday, 6 May 2013

How to create Windows To Go workspace in Windows 8

Windows To Go

Windows To Go is a new feature for enterprise users of Windows 8 Enterprise version that enables users to boot a full version of Windows from external USB drives on host PCs.

The following is the step by step guide to create Windows To Go in Windows 8:

Connect the USB drive you will make into a Windows To Go drive to your machine.  Hold on Windows button with W, type Windows To Go and then press Enter.   Select Windows To Go and the Windows To Go Creator Wizard opens.

On the Choose the drive you want to use page, select the USB drive connected earlier.

Note: Windows To Go perform better using USB 3.0

On the Choose a Windows 8 image page, click Add Search Location and then navigate to the WIM file folder location (can be Windows Installation CD or ISO file Mounting drive)

On the Set a BitLocker password (optional) page, you can select Use BitLocker with my Windows To Go
Workspace to encrypt your Windows To Go drive.  In this case, skip to encrypt the drive at this time.

On Ready to create your Windows To Go workspace page, Click Create to start the Windows To Go workspace provisioning process.

Creating Windows To Go workspace process start from now and it may take a while (up to 30 minutes depending on the size the USB drive connected, USB 2.0 may take longer time to complete), wait for the creation process to complete

On Choose a boot option which is also the completion page, select to enable the Windows To Go startup options and reboot into your Windows To Go device.  To complete the setup, select Save and restart or Save and close (if you choose to restart Windows later).   In this case, I will choose to No to manually boot my Windows To go workspace from USB drive.

Note: If you need to change the booting option, holn on Windows button+W, type "Change Windows To Go startup options", click on the icon to bring up the Create a Windows To Go workspace page again.

After the restart, the Windows To Go workspace is ready to boot from your USB drive.  Enjoy!

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